Flexibility will be the key in being able to successfully move in and out of the roadblocks that you will be learning about in our program. There is NO SET RECIPE within this program to overcome a roadblock, but rather several tools and strategies which can address the underlying issue that is causing this roadblock. It will be up to you to maintain the flexibility and implement these strategies within your lessons.
* Upon embarking on this certification, it is imperative that you educate yourself in a swim lesson method or curriculum of your choice. This certification program does not teach a set curriculum but rather offers strategies and a tool box to add to your established swim philosophy. Some options are The American Red Cross (ARC), Starfish Institute (SAI), YMCA, private swim school, franchise, Swim Consultant or some type of formal swim curriculum. It is necessary that you have a solid foundation and understanding of a swim lesson curriculum prior to taking the Swim Angelfish Special Needs Certification.
Cindy and Ailene began working in Aquatic Therapy as an extension of their therapy businesses. They connected and a wonderful partnership was formed. Together they launched in the company Angelfish Therapy.
Filling a Need
After repeated request of numerous parents, the co- founders committed to developing a swim curriculum for all aquatic professionals. Striving to educate parents, caregivers, swim instructors, aquatic directors, swim school owners, on how to better work with children who have Autism, PDD-NOS and sensory processing issues.
Sensory Processing Disorders
Swim Whisperers® was designed to meet the needs of a growing population with these issues. According to a 2004 study, at least 1 in 20 children’s daily lives are affected by a Sensory Processing Disorder. The CDC released findings that raised estimates about the number of children in the U.S. with an Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis to 1 in 65.
Arming Our Children
According to the Red Cross: “About 3,500 Americans drown each year, averaging ten deaths per day. More than one in five fatal drowning victims are children 14 and younger.” What’s more, drowning has been identified as a leading cause of accidental death for children and adults with Autism. These are the statistics that keep us up at night, and motivated us to offer our Swim Whisperers program to all aquatic professionals and the swim community at large.